Shade and Ornamental Trees

The Barn Nursery’s history is rooted in Trees.  We opened our retail garden center in 1980, on the site of a former nursery. Providing premium, quality plant material has been our focus ever since. We are growers, nurserymen, and horticulturalists first. Sales come second. Growing and providing the best possible plants and the most competitive prices is our goal.

We started our own growing nursery in 1995, which is located in McHenry County. This allows you to purchase and plants locally grown plant material from The Barn Nursery. Benefits of locally grown plant material include:

  • Plants are slow grown in our Zone, which makes them hardier and easier to transplant.
  • Locally grown plant purchases directly support local farmers, drivers and friends in the economic zone of Northern Illinois.
  • Less transportation from the nursery to our garden center is better for the health of the tree and the environment. Plus, it keeps costs down!

We have planted hundreds of thousands of trees in Northern Illinois over the last 40 years Chances are, if there is a tree that catches your eye, it’s probably a “Barn” Tree.

One of our specialties are Flowering, Ornamental Trees.

Ornamental Trees

Ornamental trees include flowering pear, redbud, crabapple and more. Ornamentals are popular for their colorful spring or summer blooms. There are also a variety of dwarf ornamental trees to fit perfectly in tight spots. Click here to read about some hardy and beautiful dwarf ornamental trees.

Dwarf Ornamental Trees

There are also a variety of dwarf ornamental trees to fit perfectly in tight spots. Click here to read about some hardy and beautiful dwarf ornamental trees.

Shade Trees

Shade trees such as Autumn Blaze Maples, Oaks and Linden are perennial favorites of homeowners in Northern Illinois for their hardiness and size. Read about the best shade trees for Northern Illinois in this blog post, “21 Fascinating Shade Trees for the Landscape”. 

Fast Growing Trees

Looking for a fast growing shade tree? Read about some of our favorites in this blog post. 

You can explore all your options by using our Plantfinder. Or just visit our garden center.

We can assist in navigating the world of trees and shrubs, from solving simple design questions, to suggesting something new and fresh you may not have thought of. Whether you are looking for a dwarf ornamental tree or a towering Autumn Blaze Maple, a low maintenance privacy hedge or a rare specimen tree, you’ll find a plant for every purpose at The Barn Nursery.




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